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Sly & Robbie may well be the most prolific recording artists ever. One staggering estimate is that they have played on or produced some 200,000 songs. Sly & Robbie are reggae’s longest lasting production team. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970s, after having established themselves separately on the Jamaican music scene.

Before joining forces, Sly was drumming for the Skin Flesh and Bones band and Robbie was the bass player for the Aggrovators. They also used to play in clubs (Sly at Tit for Tat and Robbie at Evil People), and used to check each other out. They found out that they had the same ideas about music in general (both are huge fans of , and & Western, in addition to Jamaican legendary labels Studio One and Treasure Isle), and production in particular. They first worked together for the newly created Channel One label and studio, operated by the Hoo Kim brothers.

They changed the face of several times: in 1976, they introduced a harder beat called “Rockers”, which quickly replaced the then prevalent “One drop” style, then introduced the “rub a dub” sound in the early 1980s. Sly and Robbie were important in developing the trend towards computer assisted music and programmming in the mid 1980s.


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  • OneBlackStripe

    shout out to my dad for introducing me to these dudes

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • aaronWHAT


    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jneto_dr

    Alguém sabe me dizer pq algumas músicas do Augustus Pablo são iguais ao do Sly e Robbie (ou vice-versa)??? Escutem o álbum King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown e o Dub Fire que vocês me entenderão. / Why some Augustus' music are same as Sly and Robbie (or vice-versa)?? Listen to King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown and Dub Fire and you'll understand me.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Chimino

    Nothing sweeter than the Taxi Riddim (Unmetered Taxi).

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    wow...played on or produced some 200,000 tracks!!! Aren't they knackered ;-)

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BiedasRapSiti

    robi szekspir <3

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • evaflorida


    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • deizi

    riddim killa

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • ViMassive

    They even touch the small town of Tate,Ga. Up in the foothills>>>>>

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    Just 11 shouts for THE rhythm section of Roots reggae. Wheres the fucking love?

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Callumsharpe

    Eden Dub is so amazing.

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Jinkyjonk

    Riddim kings!

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • smike5

    A SVENIRE. bless

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • lastneckfm

    thats the backbone to most music today-house, hip-hop, reggae, and modern rock. they just mastered the art of manipulating sounds through machinery which resulted in a kind of cohesive musical expression. Whatever dude they fuckin killed it! Now puffpuff.......

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Supergiulio

    che storia dub

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    killaz !

    12 Nov 2008 Reply
  • same_K


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  • gottalovett07

    big up to the backbone of so much great reggae

    11 Jul 2008 Reply
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